Phocea (yacht)

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Phocea at anchor

The Phocea was the World's largest sailing yacht before the 2004 launching of Athena by Royal Huisman. She was built at the Toulon Naval Dockyard in 1976 for renowned single-handed yachtsman Alain Colas, who named her Club Méditerranée. She was converted to charter and renamed La Vie Claire with a new Jorg Biederbeck interior design and a new Tim Heywood exterior design.[1] Shortly after competing in the Observer Single-Handed Trans-Atlantic Race she was converted into the charter yacht Club Méditerranée.[2][3]


In July 1997, Phocea was purchased by Mouna Ayoub and modernized at Lürssen. Whilst retaining her unmistakable identity, she has received major interior and exterior enhancements by British naval architect Butch Dalrymple-Smith. The interiors feature wood panelling and furniture designed by David Linley. The Owner's Suite is situated on the main deck whilst the VIP guest cabin and four other double cabins, all with full ensuite facilities, are located on the lower deck. She won the 1999 ShowBoats award for best refit.

Ayoub's ex-husband Nasser Al-Rashid partly paid for the $17 million refit of the Phocea with the sale of "The Mouna", a 112 carat (22.4 g) record-breaking diamond.[4]


Phocea crashed into rocks off Sardinia in August 2005 while the Prince and Princess Michael of Kent were aboard. Three people were seriously injured.[5] The yacht was damaged below the waterline.[6]


  • Length overall: 246 ft (75.0 m)
  • Beam: 31.43 ft (9.58 m)
  • Draft: 20.47 ft (6.24 m)
  • Number of guests: 12
  • Number of crew: 15
  • Built: 1976 by Toulon Naval Dockyard (refit at Lurssen in 1999)
  • Designer: Michel Bigion
  • Engines: 1 x 1,056 horsepower (787 kW) MTU
  • Cruising speed: about 12 knots (22 km/h) under power, 12-18 knots under sail
  • Approximate range: 2,000 nmi (3,700 km)
  • Fuel consumption: 195 litres (51 US gallons) per hour at 11.5 knots (21.3 km/h) cruising

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Phocea yacht for charter". Retrieved 13 August 2014. 
  2. ^ Club Méditerranée: un géant parmi les monocoques (French), with a picture of the boat
  3. ^ "The Long, Troubled, Glamorous Life Of Superyacht Phocea". Vanuatu Daily Post. Port Vila, Vanuatu: Vanuatu Daily Post: Trading Post Limited. November 16, 2012. Retrieved August 13, 2014.  External link in |publisher= (help)
  4. ^ "Record prices in auction houses". BBC News. November 17, 1998. Retrieved 14 August 2014. 
  5. ^ "Phocea Yacht Involved in a Crash". Retrieved 2009-03-11. 
  6. ^ Kay, Richard (2005-08-16). "Princess Michael on the rocks". Mail Online. London. Retrieved 2009-03-11.